Whale and dolphin watching tourist operators in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park (HGMP) have funded $100,000 of research into the marine mammals that provide their livelihood.

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari and Dolphin Planet have concessions from DOC for their whale and dolphin watching operations in the gulf.

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Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

DOC is responsible for protecting marine mammals living around New Zealand’s coast.

The concessions require these businesses to operate in a way that minimises disruption to whales and dolphins living in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

The concessions also require operators to contribute to the Hauraki Gulf Cetacean Fund which funds research focusing on the impact of tourist operations on whales and dolphins in the gulf.

DOC manages the fund and has awarded a total of $100,800 from the fund to three research projects... more